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by Aldous Huxley

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Have we also today this solidarity Services? And what is the benefit of it? Have we also today this solidarity Services? And what is the benefit of it?

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Huxley's chapter which includes the Solidarity Service is a parody of church revivals in which the emotions of the participants are worked up to the point that, in such a charged atmosphere--believe that they have experienced the Lord.

Often there are tambourines that are struck in rhythm by people, charging their senses so that they will "feel the Lord."  With this electrifying atmosphere, people now feel unifies with other folks and gives them a sense of belonging, shutting out the darkness of aloneness.

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I think we do have forms of the solidarity service from BNW, but not in formal settings.  The problem with the solidarity service is that it brings people together using a false bond.  Aside from taking Soma and experiencing base physical pleasure, the members of the solidarity group don't actually do anything with one another.  They do not converse, so they have no real bond.  I used to see this all the time...

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We do not have solidarity services, but we do have other type of services, which are supposed to have been replaced by solidarity services in the Brave New World.

Present day services that come closes to the solidarity services of  BNW are the religious services. A direct reference to this is contained in conversation between Mustapha Mond and Max Bernard. For example:

All crosses had their tops cut and became T's. There was also a thing Called God. ... We have the World State now. And Ford day celebrations, and Community Sings, and Solidarity Celebrations. ... There was a thing called heaven.

We can see clear parallel between the way the solidarity services are conducted in BNW and the religious services of today. For example, Making of sign of T by president, music, solidarity hymn, dedicated soma tablet and loving cup of strawberry ice-cream soma passed around and drank with statements like " I drink to my annihilation", and prayers like "Ford we are twelve make us one".